KPMB designs expansion to University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

Scheduled to open in 2011, the expansion to U of T’s Rotman School of Management is designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) and will be fully integrated with the current building at 105 St. George Street in downtown Toronto.

The new building will house the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking, the Lloyd and Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute, other research programs and Centres of Excellence, classrooms, study space and a 400-seat event space. Some of its features include a series of horizontal and vertical connections between the existing and new buildings to facilitate the flow of people; a multi-storey glass structure; several green roofs; a main-floor cafeteria for students and staff; and a state-of-the-art event space on the second floor.

The new structure will aspire to LEED certification via the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Canada Green Building Rating System.

“The exciting new space designed by KPMB Architects will enable us to expand our graduate programs over four years by increasing enrollment in our MBA Program by 33 percent, and growing the number of students in our PhD program by 28 percent,” says Dean of the School, Professor Roger Martin.

“In addition, we will be able to continue to seek out internationally recognized faculty and promising junior faculty, to broaden the School’s global academic visibility, provide students with a top-tier classroom experience, and produce world-class research.”

Since 1998, many Rotman programs have doubled in size, along with the number of faculty, staff and research institutes. To accommodate this and future planned growth, the School has undertaken an expansion of its facilities that will provide approximately 15,000 gross square metres of new space.

The new building is the centrepiece of a $120-million capital, research and education project to enhance the competitiveness of Ontario and Canada on the global stage, which was kickstarted in March 2007 when the Province of Ontario pledged $50 million toward it. An additional $10 million in federal funding has since been allocated, and individuals such as Sandra and Joseph Rotman, Marcel Desautels and the Canadian Credit Management Foundation and others have made major gifts to the project.

“KPMB’s design expresses our core mission to pursue scholarly excellence and promote the power of creativity and integrative thinking,” says the Rotman School’s Chief Operating Officer Mary-Ellen Yeomans. “Their design emphasizes strategic connectivity, both inside and out. The architecture draws on the value of what surrounds it and expands that value beyond the site, well into the campus and the city of Toronto.”

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